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Coronavirus outbreak

FRENCH SKI RESORTS DIGEST EASING OF LOCKDOWN

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has outlined the plans of the country as it looks to ease some of the country’s tough restrictions. It will affect the summer season and people are beginning to look at what the next winter season may look like.

NEW ZEALAND SKI AREAS PLAN TO OPEN WITH SOME RESTRICTIONS

New Zealand says it has stopped the community transmission of Covid-19, effectively eliminating the virus. Ski resorts are cautiously optimistic they will be able to open for a locals’ season, albeit under tight restrictions.

More Resorts in the USA Look to Re-Open

Mt Baldy in California has re-opened even though it appears to be against the rules. Now two in Colorado are considering their position, but says they will only do so if allowed to.

THE COVID-19 IMPACT ON SKIING & SNOWBOARDING CONTINUES

Our ever-popular rolling blog continues as we report on its impact on the world of snowsports. There is, as always, good news and bad news.

Ischgl Set To Try To Change Its Image

The resort wants to move away from “party tourism” after it suffered Austria’s biggest cluster of coronavirus. Its international reputation has been damaged as some accuse it of spreading covid-19 to many other countries in Europe.

MT BALDY SKI RESORT IN CALIFORNIA RE-OPENS

The ski resort claims that if some golf courses in the state can open, then so can a ski resort. The announcement of skiing and snowboarding re-starting amid covid-19 has met with mixed reaction.

SKI SEASONAIRES COMPLETE QUARANTINE MARATHON FOR CHARITY

Two British ski seasonaires who caught coronavirus while working in Italy have completed marathons while in quarantine in their small apartments to raise money for charity.

STRICT QUARANTINE MEASURES LIFTED FOR 3 AUSTRIAN SKI RESORTS

Ischgl, St Anton and Soelden in the Tirol were sealed off in mid-march. Extensive testing for covid-19 has been carried out and the authorities have now lifted the quarantine 3- days earlier than expected.

How Has Coronavirus Hit Skiing & Snowboarding

The pandemic is having a devastating impact on the travel industry.  How is the snowsports world faring and what might next season look like?  PlanetSKI assesses the situation.

NORWAY EASES MORE LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS

The country went into full lockdown early and quickly.  It shut its ski resorts in a single move on Friday 13th March. It now claims some success in dealing with coronavirus with some restrictions lifted on Monday.

CORONAVIRUS IMPACT ON SKIING & SNOWBOARDING CONTINUES

As we enter another week under the cosh from coronavirus our ever-popular rolling blog continues as we reports on its impact on the world of snowsports.

SNOWSPORTS INDUSTRY HELPS IN COVID-19 FIGHT

From Googles for Doctors in the USA, to Michelin starred chefs preparing meals for health staff in France. Burton Snowboards is sourcing 500,000 masks & a paralympic silver medalist is working as a nurse.

SWITZERLAND RELEASES DETAILS OF EXIT FROM LOCKDOWN

Like many other alpine nations the country remains in lockdown with ski resorts closed, tight restictions on movements with shops and businesses closed.  The government has released details of its exit strategy.

SKI RESORTS IN PICTURES

This week should have been busy on the slopes with families enjoying the final week of the Easter holidays. Sadly, there’s some great spring sunshine but no skiing. PlanetSKI reports on what we’re missing.

ISCHGL RESPONDS TO CRITICISM OVER ITS HANDLING OF CORONAVIRUS

The resort has come under attack for not closing quickly enough or heeding early warnings. Some claim its actions helped to spread the virus across parts of Europe, but others believe it acted in good faith. PlanetSKI reports.

ISCHGL & ST ANTON REMAIN IN QUARANTINE WITH DECISION EXPECTED ON SOELDEN

All three resorts in the Tirol have been under strict quarantine since March 13th.   Extensive testing has revealed the resorts are still hotbeds of the virus with widespread infections.

CORONAVIRUS IMPACT ON SKIING & SNOWBOARDING

We have been updating our blog on a daily basis here on PlanetSKI with all the news on how it impacts on the world we live in and the one we love – skiing and snowboarding.

AUSTRALIA SKI SEASON UNDER THREAT

The resorts are preparing, but will there be one as the coronavirus pandemic continues? Resorts are hiring, plans are being made but it is unlikely to start as normal in June.

TIROL LIFTS SOME OF ITS CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS

People can now leave their villages and towns, plus limited outdoor exercise is allowed as cases drop. The ski resorts of Ischgl, Soelden and St Anton remain under full quarantine.  PlanetSKI reports.

CORONAVIRUS IMPACT ON SNOWSPORTS

We bring you all the latest news on Covid-19 and its effect on the snowsports community. PlanetSKI reports.

SKIING FINALLY ENDS IN SWEDEN

Some ski areas shut on Sunday and others will close on Monday. Some believe they should have done so sooner to prevent further spreading of coronavirus. PlanetSKI reports.

Coronavirus: Claiming For Your Cancelled Ski Trip

Some PlanetSKI readers are facing an uphill battle to get their money back for ski holidays that aren’t happening or were brought to an end when ski resorts closed.  Others say the service providers are doing well in difficult circumstances.

MORE CALLS FOR US UPHILL SKIERS TO STOP RISKING THEMSELVES AND STRETCHING EMERGENCY SERVICES FIGHTING CORONAVIRUS

Over the weekend there were more skiing and snowboarding accidents requiring emergency and rescue intervention. PlanetSKI reports.

LEGAL ACTION THREATENED OVER CORONAVIRUS SPREAD FROM AUSTRIAN SKI RESORTS

It is reported that around 400 people exposed to coronavirus while on ski holidays to Austria are interested in joining a class action lawsuit against the ski authorities. Some say lawyers are circling before official investigations are concluded.

CORONAVIRUS IMPACT ON SKIING. OUR UPDATED BLOG ON COVID-19 ROLLS ON…

We’re bringing you all the latest news on Covid-19 and its effect on the snowsports community as it happens. Our rolling blog enters another week.

UK SEASONAL WORKERS BACK HOME FROM QUARANTINE IN AUSTRIA

A total of 260 British people, most of whom are seasonal workers in ski resorts, were able to fly home from Austria on Saturday.  PlanetSKI reports.

CORONAVIRUS IMPACT ON BEIJING 2022 WINTER OLYMPICS

The Covid-19 pandemic has had an impact on the build-up to the Games and snowsports in general.  Preparations, though, are still on track as the country gets back to work. And back to skiing. PlanetSKI reports.

ISCHGL UNDER INVESTIGATION OVER CLAIMS IT DID NOT DO ENOUGH TO LIMIT SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS

The ski resort in the Tirol was the first resort in Austria to announce it was closing after a 36-year old barman contracted the disease. It is claimed the virus was passed on in the apres ski venues and partygoers then took it back to their home country.

SWEDEN REMAINS OPEN FOR SKIING

It is one of the few countries where skiing is allowed and some question the decision as the country puts few restrictions in place to fight coronavirus.

PLANETSKI’S LOCAL PARK NOW CLOSED TO CYCLISTS

It was inevitable given the behaviour of a small number of people on their bikes as they sped round the park in groups and some crowded round the gates.

OUR ROLLING BLOG ON THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON SNOWSPORTS CONTINUES

The coronavirus crisis is having a huge impact on the snowsports world and here we bring you all the latest news as it happens. PlanetSKI reports.

HUNDREDS OF CAMPER VANS ARRIVE IN SCOTTISH MOUNTAINS AS PEOPLE TRY TO FLEE THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

Around 30 turned up in the car park of the Nevis Range ski resort and many more are already in the Highlands. PlanetSKI reports.

SNOW CENTRES IN THE UK CLOSE

The Snow Centre was first out of the blocks making its announcement after the new government regulations were announced.  Other UK snow centres have been following suit.

ALL FIVE SCOTTISH SKI AREAS NOW SHUT

Cairngorm announced it was closing and then Nevis Range, The Lecht, Glenshee & Glencoe followed suit. Some have closed already, but two are open on Sunday amid growing criticism as the coronavirus spreads. PlanetSKI reports.

SKIING CONTINUES IN SCOTLAND, BUT FOR HOW LONG?

All five mountain snowsports centres are open but precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Rumours are that this will be the last weekend.

TENS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS IN TRAVEL INDUSTRY UNDER THREAT

The ski industry along with other sectors of travel is facing an unprecedented crisis as the coronavirus continues its expansion.  PlanetSKI reports.

THE SEASON OF 2020/21 AWAITS

Now may not perhaps be the time to think about next winter, but at PlanetSKI we are.  Big time. We need to stay positive, support the beleaguered snowsports industry and show we care.

LIFE UNDER LOCKDOWN…

Here we have a page for you to share your stories, tips, experiences … in fact anything you want.  Many of our readers are currently under restrictions in ski resorts across the mountains.

SKIERS IN FRANCE TOLD: STAY OFF THE MOUNTAIN

Police in the Haute-Savoie and Savoie regions that include many of the major ski resorts in the French Alps have issued warnings against ski touring and any other on-mountain activity. It’s banned and violators face action.

UK SKIERS IN FRENCH RESORTS ALARMED BY NEW LOCKDOWN MEASURES

Here at PlanetSKI we are being asked when and how people should leave French ski resorts.  There is little official information and confirmation but here is our ‘best guess’ & the accounts of some still in ski areas.

PLANETSKI LEAVES THE ALPS AND HEADS HOME

PlanetSKI’s editor James Cove returned from the Alps at the weekend. He has now gone into self-isolation after covering the coronavirus story from the Alps.

PLANETSKI’S ROLLING BLOG ON THE CORONAVIRUS IMPACT ON SKIING CONTINUES…

It’s another day in these unprecedented times for everyone. Pretty much all the ski resorts in the world are closed as the coronavirus takes hold. Here we keep you updated with the facts – no hype & no spin. The PlanetSKI team reports.

RESORTS ACROSS NORTH AMERICA CLOSE

Over the weekend the two giants of the scene, Vail Resorts and Alterra closed all their resorts. 49 between them. Some followed suit while others carried on. Read our rolling PlanetSKI blog for the latest.

CORONAVIRUS EXODUS FROM FRENCH SKI RESORTS CAUSES SOME CHAOS

The decision of France to shut has caused huge problems with a mass exit underway. Many major resorts in the USA and Canada have announced temporary closures. Sunday is another day of developments as we report the rolling news.

ALL FRENCH SKI RESORTS CLOSED

It was the last major alpine nation to hold out and insist its ski areas would keep running until the end of the season, despite the worsening coronavirus crisis.

SKIING CONTINUES IN FRANCE BUT FOR HOW LONG?

Italy, Austria, Norway, Switzerland and Andorra have closed all their ski areas because of the coronavirus crisis.  In France the resorts are virtually all open.

FRANCE HOLDS OUT AND REMAINS OPEN FOR SKIING

Many thousands of people are heading out to the resorts over the weekend. It is unsure if they will get a full week and may have to come home early. If so it will be a logistical nightmare, not to say a massive health problem threatening lives and health care systems. PlanetSKI reports.

CORONAVIRUS ENDS EUROPEAN SKI SEASON

Resorts across Austria, Switzerland, Andorra, parts of the Spanish Pyrenees and others closed due to the spread of the disease. Italy had already closed. But France is holding out amid strong criticism from some quarters.

SKI RESORTS CLOSE ALL OVER EUROPE

Austria has announced major closures and Norway has said all its resorts are shutting with immediate effect. Other ski resorts across the Alps are now considering following suit with the coronavirus cases growing. PlanetSKI reports from the Alps.

BRITISH SKIERS WITH CORONAVIRUS MOVED FROM SAALBACH

A group of 10 skiers has left the Austrian resort of Saalbach after being forced into isolation in a hotel there.

SKI OPERATORS ADVICE ON HOLIDAY IMPACT OF CORONAVIRUS

We are updating this rolling blog with news from the UK ski tour operators and agents. See here for the latest.

PLANET SKI REPORTS ON THE SITUATION IN ITALY

The whole country is under quarantine due to the coronavirus crisis. PlanetSKI reports on all the latest from Italy, our winter home for this season.

WHY I AM STAYING PUT IN NORTHERN ITALY

The area has the highest number of cases of Coronavirus in Europe and if you believe some of the hype you may think bubonic plague is here. Not so.

CORONAVIRUS: SHOULD I GO ON MY SKI TRIP TO ITALY THIS WEEKEND?

It’s a dilemma troubling Jill Helm and her family.  They are booked to travel to Val Gardena in the Dolomites this Saturday.  She tells PlanetSKI her story.

CORONAVIRUS IMPACT ON SNOWSPORTS GROWS

Events with large gatherings across Europe are being called off. All the major alpine resorts, except France, have closed for skiing. Read our our rolling blog.

CORONAVIRUS SPREADS IN SWITZERLAND

The Engadin Ski Marathon in Graubünden is the world’s second largest cross-country skiing event. It was due to take place this weekend. Coronavirus impacts on Switzerland.

NEW MEASURES IN ITALY TO FIGHT CORONAVIRUS

A raft of new measures has been announced as the number of cases rises. PlanetSKI reports from the Aosta Valley in the Italian Alps.

CORONAVIRUS SKI INSURANCE ADVICE

The specialist ski insurance broker, MPI, has put together some guidance if your trip to the mountains is affected by the outbreak of the virus.

CORONAVIRUS IMPACT ON SKIING

PlanetSKI is currently in Northern Italy scene of the worst outbreak Europe. We report on the impact of  the Coronavirus in Italy & what it is like to be near the worst affected areas in Europe.

CORONAVIRUS ADVICE FOR SKIERS

Britons who have been to northern Italy – the area with most of the country’s ski resorts – have been warned to keep themselves isolated if they show any symptoms of the virus. Some schools where pupils have returned from ski trips are closed, and now the virus has spread to other alpine countries.

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The squads for Ski and Snowboard Cross for 2020/21 have been announced, with four athletes featuring in the World Cup squads and over a dozen more earning places in the Europa Cup squads.

Congratulations to all the athletes!

Read more: https://bit.ly/2F1jB1b

⛷️: Ollie Davies

UK advises against all but ‘Essential’ travel to Andorra,
Italy threatens to suspend Ryanair flights, Three more indoor snow centres in England open today + People urged to stay away from busy areas of Cairngorms National Park.
https://planetski.eu/2020/08/02/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-5/

Rock debris covers glaciers across the world

The amount is larger than previously thought.

That’s according to a study run by Britain’s Northumbria University and the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research.

https://planetski.eu/2020/08/01/augusts-news-in-brief/

Italy appears to be keeping Covid-19 under some control.

As cases rise in many parts of Europe Italy seems to be currently on top of the pandemic.

PlanetSKI looks at the situation in Italy and considers a visit to the Italian Alps.

https://planetski.eu/2020/08/07/italy-appears-to-be-keeping-covid-19-under-some-control/

@AostaValley

3 more indoor snow centres in England open today, People urged to stay away from busy areas of Cairngorms National Park, Melbourne lockdown rules tightened as nearby ski resorts close for season, US resorts fear fall in international visitors next winter

https://planetski.eu/2020/08/02/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-5/

Inspections begin ahead of next World Cup snowsports season

FIS has sent technical staff to venues due to host World Cup ski and snowboard events next winter.

They include trips to Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Austria and Switzerland.

https://planetski.eu/2020/08/04/inspections-begin-ahead-of-next-world-cup-snowsports-season/

#TamworthSnowdome has re-opened today with other #indoorskicentres following tomorrow.

Updated: https://planetski.eu/2020/08/04/snow-centres-in-england-to-open-this-week/

@SnowDomeTam @Snozone_UK @HSRC_Hemel #indoorskiing

As the company that runs Ski Weekends goes into administration we have an interview with the MD + analysis & reaction as the first major UK operator goes under due to Covid-19:

https://planetski.eu/2020/08/05/leading-uk-ski-tour-operator-goes-into-administration/

Check out all the latest news on the coronavirus impact on snowsports.

Opening World Cup Races Moved Forward to Avoid Crowds + US Resorts Fear Fall Off in International Visitors Next Winter

https://planetski.eu/2020/08/02/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-5/

As two resorts in Australia announce they will stay closed for the rest of the season due to covid-19 PlanetSKI looks at the implications for the coming winter in the Northern hemisphere:

https://planetski.eu/2020/08/05/two-ski-resorts-in-australia-to-stay-closed-for-the-rest-of-the-season/

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